Queensland Rugby Union today announced it is teaming up with the Australian Defence Force to commemorate ANZAC Day and the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC Gallipoli landings with a specially-designed St.George Queensland Reds jersey for the team’s clash with the Hurricanes at Suncorp Stadium this Sunday 26 April.
Reds captain James Slipper was today joined by proud Queenslander Private Leone Fifita – who will play for Brisbane’s 7th Brigade in Sunday’s curtain raiser – at ANZAC Square to unveil the special Reds jersey to be worn this weekend.
The Reds match jerseys, featuring the Rising Sun emblem of the Australian Defence Force, will be auctioned following the game to raise money for the Mates4Mates charity.
The charity was nominated by Brisbane’s 7th Brigade and assists soldiers like Brisbane-based Corporal Adam Brown, who is currently undergoing treatment for PTSD at the Australian Army’s Soldier Recovery Centre in Brisbane.
“It’s very heartening to see the support of Queensland Rugby and the Reds for a charity that provides such crucial support to soldiers returning from war,” Corporal Brown said.
“Rugby and the army have a unique shared history and it’s a sport I’ve always enjoyed. We share many of the same core values, as is evidenced by the actions of the Queensland Rugby to donate the profits of this jersey auction to Mates4Mates.
“ANZAC Day is an important event in the Australian calendar and this year it will be extra special as the country recognises the 100-year anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. It’s great to see the Reds mark it with this themed jersey and with all the initiatives planned this week and on the day of the game.”
The jersey was unveiled as part of a special ceremony at ANZAC Square. The significance of the jersey was not lost on Slipper, whose great-grandfather Daniel Archibald McIntyre from Townsville served in Europe during the First World War.
“To have the honour of captaining Queensland on this special day and in an ANZAC jersey is obviously very special,” Slipper said.
“Given my great-grandfather travelled from Townsville to serve his country in the Great War, it was always going to be an incredibly proud moment for me and knowing these jerseys will help raise money for real heroes in our community just makes it all the more memorable.”
In addition to the jersey auction, the Reds will announce their squad this Thursday with a special jersey presentation to the Reds match-day 23 on the field at Ballymore by the 23 players from the 7th Brigade who will be playing in the curtain raiser at Suncorp Stadium against the 16th Brigade on Sunday afternoon.
On Friday, Reds prop Ben Daley will be joined by members of the 7th Brigade on the field at Ballymore to unveil this week’s ‘Be Great, Do Good’ campaign headgear featuring artwork in support of Mates4Mates.
‘Be Great, Do Good’ is an initiative by Daley, in which he will support a different charity every week by wearing unique headgear to raise awareness and funds for their cause. Click here for more information.
Members of the Reds and the Hurricanes will jointly lay a wreath at the dawn ANZAC ceremony at Brisbane’s Cenotaph on Saturday morning.
Before the game on Sunday a marching Australian Army Band, mounted horses of the 2nd /14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) historical troop and some serving 7th Brigade soldiers will parade down Caxton Street towards Suncorp Stadium with Reds members and fans who have served, or have had families who have served marching behind. Members of the St.George Foundation will also march, encouraging those fans in and around Caxton Street during the parade to ‘join the ANZAC march to the Stadium’.
Finally, both the Reds and Hurricanes will acknowledge ANZAC Day at their match on Sunday through the reading of a specially commissioned poem written by Rupert McCall, as well as by the recital of ‘The Ode’ and the singing of both national Anthems prior to kick off.
There will be traditional military displays inside and outside the stadium, including ASLAV’s & Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles, courtesy of our friends at the 7th Brigade.
The match kicks off at 4:05pm and we are asking fans to be in their seats at 3.40pm so they don’t miss the commemorative ceremonies. There are plenty of reasons to bring the whole family along.
Link to Jersey Auction: View the Reds’ jersey promo here.